Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Karl Rove = Deep Throat (re: Valerie Plame)

From AmbivaBlog (see here), via Common Sense Desk, originally from Lawrence O'Donnell at The Huffington Post (see here): It seems that the outer of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent (remember that scandal?) was none other than... Karl Rove.

O'Donnell has apparently known about this for months, but he finally broke the story on last Friday's McLaughlin Group. See the full Newsweek story (by Michael Isikoff) here. I recently wrote about Rove's anti-liberal speech to the New York Conservative Party (see here and here), but this, if true, is obviously a much more serious matter than deflecting attention away from collapsing presidential approval ratings with rabble-rousing partisan rhetoric. As The Mighty Middle points out (see here), Rove, now Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff, may be able to use "executive privilege" to avoid giving testimony that could finger his boss.

Bush's critics have long been waiting -- some patiently, some not -- for a smoking gun. (For some, the Downing Street Memo is an obvious one.) I'm not sure where this story will go, but it's certainly one to follow through the dog days of summer...

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